Sigma Designs has partnered with Quantenna to leverage new technology that enables Sigma's STB to receive video wirelessly and still meet the requirements for quality, robustness and reliability service providers demand. The new platform combines Quantenna's 802.11n QHS710 solution with Sigma's 8652 connected media platform technology.
Quantenna has developed its 4x4 MIMO technology to meet the requirements of media-based applications like IPTV and whole-home video distribution. Quantenna's family of Full-11n chipsets uses the company's cost-optimized, third-generation QHS710 chipset to deliver up to 600 Mbps of bandwidth.
Sigma's SMP8652 media processor integrates a complete suite of next-generation capabilities for a single-chip SoC solution with powerful multimedia processing, content security, multiple on-chip CPUs and a full complement of system peripherals. Sigma built some headroom for next-gen middleware and software stacks into the STB, using a combination of on-chip processors and memory controllers.
"The addition of Wi-Fi to our G.hn, HomePNA and HomePlug AV solutions, allows us to offer operator flexibility whether wireless or wireline networking is required," said Thinh Tran, CEO and chairman at Sigma Designs.
The reference design will be available in the first quarter of 2012 for early access customers. Sigma Designs will be demonstrating, by appointment only, the Quantenna-based reference design at the 2012 CES at the Las Vegas Hilton.
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